Apple is about to rip off over every one of its customers. Yet again.
Apple likes to project a lovely cuddly trendy image.
The reality is different.
Their products are of shoddy construction.
Phones and tablets now lag behind Android devices.
Products are sourced from Chinese sweatshops, where the conditions are so bad, every worker has to sign a contract they will not commit suicide, the top of buildings are surrounded by fencing to stop the workers throwing themselves off the roof.
Android devices, be they phones or tablets, have a standard usb port. This means cables and chargers are interchangeable between devices. Indeed it is not even necessary to supply a charger, assume the customer has a charger, or will buy one. This reduces waste, reduces cost, reduces shipping costs.
Not though Apple. Apple has its own proprietary non-standard connector for tablets and phones, not only that, there is no commonality between earlier and later devices. And if rumours are to be believed, Apple are to move away from the industry standard 3.5mm headphone socket.
The 1/4 inch jack (6.35mm) has a long history. It was used by Bell, Post Office to connect calls. Look at old films, where you will see the operator connecting calls.
It has a long history. Maybe as far back as 1878.
With the advent of stereo, an extra ring was added.
For the transistor radio, the 1/4 jack was too big, the 3.5mm jack was introduced. It was then used in the Sony Walkman, CD players, phones and tablets.
High end audio still uses the 1/4 inch jack for amplifiers, CD decks, tape decks. Guitars use the 1/4 inch jack to plug into amplifiers and sound decks.
High end headphones, for example open Sennheiser headphones, use a gold-plated 3.5mm jack, which fits into a 1/4 inch jack.
Standardisation leads to interoperatability, reduces waste. But not if you are Apple.
Apple is showing its usual contempt for it acolytes by doing away with the 3.5mm jack, forcing to either buy an expensive inferior Apple product, or waste money on an expensive adapter to use existing kit.
If Apple acolytes are stupid enough to be ripped off yet again by Apple, forcing them to ditch their existing headphones, or now have two pairs for different devices, it will lead to a growing mountain of electronic waste.
According to the United Nations, up to 90% of the world’s electronic waste is illegally traded or dumped each year. We need to bring more care and attention to this growing issue — not aggravate it through reckless, profit-driven decisions that will deliver countless perfectly usable items straight to the landfill.
But what does Apple care about the environment? It does not care about the toxic materials used in the manufacture of its devices, harming people and planet.
This has not surprisingly caused growing outrage.
But it does not stop there. Apple makes it nigh impossible to repair their phones even going so far to use non-standard screws.
And if all this was not bad enough, they dodge tax.
So why do Apple do this? It is not technological innovation. It is greed, pure and simple, yet another opportunity to screw the consumer.
The approach taken by FairPhone is the opposite end of the spectrum to Apple. Better working conditions, conflict free materials, phone of modular construction enabling easy repair. And they do not supply either cable or charger, assuming you already have. The main criticism of their latest phone, FairPhone II, delivery of which has been delayed until at least February, is that it is somewhat dated for the high price.
Please sign the petition calling upon Apple not to jack in the 3.5mm headphone jack.